Wednesday, January 28, 2009

What Mom Said

As I lay awake this morning my mind wandered to things my mother has always said.  Occasionally I will whip one of these nuggets out and my sons will say, "Nanny said that didn't she?"  So I would like to share some of them with you.  Feel free to use them.


Here are some of the sayings of Jacqueline E. Shank, mother of four, grandmother of 13.


"Anything that happens after midnight is either illegal or immoral."


If we began a sentence with "Well..."  she would say, "Well's a hole in the ground"  OR "deep subject."


If we began a sentence with "So..." she would say, "Sew a button on ice cream."


"To each his own said the lady as she kissed the cow!"


When we fell or got a cut or bruise she would say, "It'll be better before your married."


"Truer things are said in jest!"


"If you sew on Sunday you'll rip the stitches out with your nose!"


"The road to hell is paved with good intentions."


On thing that's enjoyed by the poor and the rich

Is the pleasure you get when you scratch where you itch!


A new broom sweeps clean.


If it's meant to be it'll be.


 A smile is such a funny thing

It wrinkles up your face

And when it's gone you'll never find

It's secret hiding place.

But FAR more wonderful it is

To see what smiles can do.

You smile

and they smile

and one smile

makes two!

(she always said this when we were grumpy....I HATED this poem!)


If we explained something to her and she understood it she would say, "I see said the blind man!"  (the whole saying is, "I see said the blind man as he picked up his hammer and saw.")


Tuesday, January 13, 2009

New Year's Resolutions

As part of our new resolve for 2009, we are making a goal to get more exercise.  Here is a video of our oldest son doing just that.



Tuesday, January 6, 2009

A New Project

We've started a new project with the boys in the new year.  Each boys is making entries on his own blog.  They may make their own entries whenever they desire, however, I am also giving them assigned entries.  I was going to give them each a journal at the New Year and have them begin to keep a daily journal.  I picked up a book called, "Writing Down the Days."  In it are daily prompts for journalling.  The prompts are creative and fun.

Let me interject here that my two boys HATE to write.  I have become a writing-lover. (which is why I maintain so many blogs!)  So, it makes me sad to see them despise writing so much.  I wanted to use these journal prompts to encourage them to write every day even if it is just a few lines.

As I was thinking of goals for the boys for the new year I was reminded of my desire to improve on their typing.  And then it hit me!  Just like that old commercial where the chocolate falls into the peanut butter and Reese's Peanutbutter Cups are created (which is one of God's most heavenly creations, I might add).  Well, just like the Reese's commercial, typing and journalling came together into my brain.  The lightbulb lit over my head and I said, "blogging!"

And so, two new blogs have been born out of this family:

On most days, I will type the prompt with which they are to journal.  Then they will sit down at the computer and type out their responses.  So far they have been creative.  Even though the boys still don't enjoy writing, or typing, they seem to be enjoying this new way to express themselves.

Check out their blogs.  They are really fun.  And feel free to use this idea yourself!

Monday, January 5, 2009

Nativity Sets

I love my nativity sets.  I've written before about the different collections our family enjoys.  Christmas is no different.  At Christmas-time, our family unpacks the Christmas-themed Hershey tins, nesting santas, ceramic santa mugs, and nativity sets.  At last count, I own five nativity sets.  Two were given to me by my mother.  Two I purchased at discount or thrift stores and one I purchased while travelling.


I put a nativity set in each room of the house at Christmas time.  We even have one in the bathroom!  It is my way of reminding myself of the reason for this magical season. 


A few years ago, we even purchased a nativity set just for our boys.  They loved my nativities, but I couldn't let them play with them because most of them are very fragile.  So we bought a a set just for children by play mobile.  Even though they have outgrown playing with the figures in their set, they still set it up each year.  As a matter of fact, I let the boys arrange each of our nativity sets when we are putting up the Christmas decorations.  I love the way they do it.  Every figure is clustered around baby Jesus looking at him, even the animals.  I always think that is the way Christmas should be celebrated, with every eye focused on Jesus, every head tilted toward Him, every body facing Him.


Keep in mind that although I can take pictures with my digital camera, I can't see the pictures I am taking with our digital camera.  So, I've taken pictures of our nativity sets to share with you, but they may not be the greatest.  At least you will get the idea of how we display them throughout our house.  Enjoy your tour!


 This is our "big" nativity.  It was given to my mother by my uncle.  He used to produce wonderful ceramic pieces.


This was another piece I believe my Uncle painted.  It has been broken at the base of two of the pieces, but I still display it.  The picture cuts off Mary and Jospeh's head, but you get the idea.


This nativity is actually the base of a beautiful music box.  My mom gave it to us for Christmas a few years ago.



This nativity sets on the shelf in our bathroom.  I purchased it at a thrift store a few years ago.


This is a horrible picture of the cute little glass set I have on the shelf above the sink.  This was a dollar/discount store purchase several years ago.

And this little painted wooden shelf-sitter stays on my kitchen window-sill year-round to remind me of the baby who was born to die for me.



I bought this tin nativity before I was married.  It was probably my first nativity set when I lived alone.  It is punched tin and painted to look distressed and aged.


 Finally, I leave you with one of my favorite Christmas decorations.  It belonged to my mother until two years ago when she gave it to me.  I love it because it reminds me of the posture of everyone at Christmas, even the big guy in the red suit.  If you say, "Merry Christmas" to me, you acknowledge my Savior's birthday, whether you confess your belief in Him or not.  You see, He is the reason for the season no matter what anyone believes.  That is a fact that cannot be argued.